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Showing posts from April, 2015

Child proofing the side fence

This weekend I've started child proofing the side fence by covering the rails. 900mm from the top of the fence has to be devoid of any horizontal surface greater than 10mm. I could use half-length palings to just cover the top two rails, but I think this would look odd so I'm using full-length palings.

I had the palings delivered from Bunnings last weekend. Although they messed up a small part of the order, it was corrected with no fuss and redelivered the same afternoon.  The delivery driver helped carry the palings up the driveway to neatly stack them, which I certainly appreciated.

I had bought 50mm flathead nails, but found that the last centimetre of each was much harder to hammer in and I was bending most of them. I switched to 40mm and they go in with ease.  The length of a nail is meant to be 2 to 3 times what is being fixed, so for a 12mm paling, a 40mm nail is the right length anyhow.

At this point I'm leaving off the paling each side of the posts so I have room …

Outdoor shower

As part of the new pool, we'd like to have an outdoor shower.

There's some great designs for outdoor showers - Pinterest is an inspirational source of ideas.

We'll have plenty of space between the pool and the backfence, over the top of the easement - and that's where we have a problem. As far as we know, we can't lay water pipes (or electrical wires) across a sewage easement.
The simplest way to avoid this is to have our plumber install a tap at the end of the easement, and run a hose to the base of the shower. In looking for an outdoor shower that would enable this, I came across a solar heated shower in Bunnings, made by Poolscape.

It's quite reasonably priced, at $199, so if we can create a nice looking screen and still allow sunlight on to the shower itself to warm the water, this looks like a simple solution.

Pool fencing - making your boundary fence safe

One important aspect of a pool is having safe fencing. If you can use your existing boundary fence you can make significant savings over installing a new pool fence.

In our area, wooden paling fences are commonplace, with the palings overlapping. Our back fence has the palings on our side, and along our side fence we have the posts and rails.

We've started the lengthy process of trying to have our neighbour replace the back fence.  The landlord and agent aren't being too responsive so far. The plants they planted along the fence are pushing the palings off the fence.

To make a fence conform, in Victoria you should speak to your local Council and check out the Practice Notes on the website of the Victorian Building Authority. In our case, Kingston City Council has several online references. The amateur appearing in-house guide gives a good overview of all the options available to you to achieve compliant fencing. (As an aside I've twice telephoned the Victorian Building Au…

Swimming pool

It has been some time since I last blogged, with not much happening on the home renovation front. Until now.  Last week we signed a contract for a new concrete swimming pool, with construction planned to commence in June.

We've desired a pool for a long time, and the design of the house allowed space for a pool and outdoor area.  We have about ten metres from the back wall of the house to the edge of the easement along the back fence. The easement is roughly where the monkey bars are in the panoramic photo above (the shape of the yard is distorted - it is somewhat triangular in reality).

This year we decided we would make the commitment.  Our trip to the 2015 Melbourne Pool and Spa Show Expo in January was, this time, for the specific purpose of short listing builders and products. At the show we spoke to one concrete pool builder, one concrete/fibreglass builder/installer and two fibreglass pool companies.  We took along photos of our yard, and access, as well as dimensions for …